Daniel Odescalchi is president of Strategic Advantage International, a political consulting firm based in New York state. He is presently working to assist Iraqi political parties that support free market economic policies, and he has created the Iraqi Prosperity Project with the Center for International Private Enterprise to teach party platform development and campaigning. Odescalchi also is working with the Robert Schumann Institute to train and advise political operatives from Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Romania, and Croatia.
He began consulting for the new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in 1992. He consulted for the Prime Minister of Hungary and the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the Democratic Convention in Romania, the Party of Co-existence in Slovakia, and the Alternative Council of Ministers in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Odescalchi founded the Survival in a Democracy Project that assisted new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in learning the skills necessary to build and maintain political support. He raised the funds for the project by working with 13 international organizations, including USIS, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Westminster Foundation.
An expert on voter trends in emerging democracies, he has spoken extensively on the topic at the Atlantic Council Meetings in Budapest, the European Democrat Union Conference in Berlin, and on other occasions. While residing in Eastern Europe, Odescalchi was a frequent columnist for English-language newspapers.
In late 1995, he returned to the United States to become deputy national political director for the presidential bid of Republican Steve Forbes. During the last two Republican presidential primaries, he traveled the United States working to prepare for the primaries and caucuses. Odescalchi is a contributing author to the Handbook of Political Marketing. He is also presently providing government relations assistance to corporate clients.